CDBA High Desert Showdown

Race Report:
CDBA High Desert Showdown
Haystack Resevior,   Culver, Oregon
Sept 7th – 8th  2013

Driver : Darin Moilanen
Boat : Green with Envy  317
Edelbrock Race Team, Edelbrock Nitrous, Edelbrock QwikData 2, Edelbrock Pro Victor 24 Deg. Heads, Edelbrock Victor 2R Tunnel Ram, Russel ProClassic II Hose

The High Desert Showdown was the toughest track we have been to and in talking with the other racers it is the toughest place a lot of them had ever raced at.  Static elevation at 3000ft,  and density altitude rising up to close to 5200ft during the afternoon.  This made it extremely difficult to tune as all the data we had from previous tracks is way under the static elevation of this track.  We came off the trailer and struggled to find the number for this race and ran a 8.44et and then by the end of qualifying we found ourselves number 1 qualifier with a 8.13et –  all the racers were having troubles finding the correct tune up here.  Luckily we were able to really lean on the data that we were getting out of the QD II and make adjustments a lot easier.

On Sunday we started earlier as we wanted to avoid the desert wind in the afternoon,  we found ourselves in the Pro Eliminator finals with Chris Yates (blown alcohol hydro),  I cut an .03 light and went on for the win in the final with @ 8.17et against Yates (he is second in Pro Eliminator points this year).  We now leave this race with a 600+ points lead with 1 CDBA race in Dexter left and 2 co-sanctioned events (NJBA lake Ming CA. in Oct,  and World Finals in Chandler Az. in Nov).

In Super Eliminator in the second round we ended up losing to Pete Collette driving his sons boat,  he dialed a 9.16 and I dialed a 8.20et,  at the tree I got him by .05 but by the end of the race he had ran a perfect 9.16 on a 9.16 dial to my losing 8.26 on a 8.20 dial, ( I got out of the throttle thinking I was going to break out…  bad driver..  😉  )  –  we lost that round by .01!  We are now in Second in the points race in Super Eliminator but we have 3 more races to get back the lead!
Next stop – Northwest Nationals in Dexter Oregon,  Sept 29th  Stay Tuned!

Qualifying against Chris Yates.  —  photo by Steve Montgomery

Qwik Data II – Auto Purging the nitrous on the line –  photo by Susie Blattler

Coming at you — photo by Steve Montgomery

1st place 8.0 – Pro Eliminator  –  With Austin Cole and my Daughter Kimberly!